SUMMARY: Natural Bridge Arch is a 51 foot high cliff above a stunning rock arch that was created by natural erosion. Bridge Creek flows through the arch. The short Hike to Natural Bridge Arch is located just south of the Bridge Bay Marina. The trail consist of an abandoned road that follows from the Grand Loop Road to the valley floor below the arch. The remnants of the narrow asphalt road are suitable for baby carriages, bicycles and strollers. The pleasant walk is through a forest and shaded. You can catch a glimpse of Bridge Bay through the trees to the north. The trail passes by a couple of meadows where you might see wildlife. There is an interpretive exhibit below the arch. From this exhibit, a short, steep switchback trail takes you to the top of the bridge. To protect this beautiful resource, no one is allowed on top of the Arch. Good views are available from behind the arch and to the south of the bridge on the top of the cliff.
RATING: Easy, 2.2 miles roundtrip.
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO HIKE: Late May until the snow flies (mid-September to early October)
AMOUNT OF TIME NEEDED: 2 hours. Allow 30 minutes each way plus some time to enjoy the arch.
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD: From the East Entrance drive west, 27 miles, to Fishing Bridge. Turn left onto the Grand Loop Road and drive south, approximately 4 miles, to the inlet to Bridge Bay. Immediatly after crossing the bridge at the inlet look for the Natural Bridge Sign and very limited parking on your right.